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Chief Estimator

Minimum Experience: 10+ Years

Education: Bachelor's Degree in Construction Management, Civil Engineering, or related field

registration: No requirement

Required Skills: Estimating, Communication, Estimating Softwares, Organization, Collaboration

Salary Range: Commensurate with skill level and experience

Job Location: Columbus, OH

Core Responsibilities

  • Lead and manage the estimating team: Provide leadership, coaching, and mentorship to ensure the team delivers high-quality estimates that meet project deadlines and budget constraints. Work closely with the Director of Estimating to establish and maintain departmental standards.
  • Develop and implement standardized estimating procedures: Establish and maintain robust estimating processes and methodologies, ensuring consistency and accuracy across all projects.
  • Oversee the estimating process for all projects: Manage the complete estimating lifecycle, from initial pre-construction services to final bid preparation, for both Bid-Build and Conceptual Design Development projects.
  • Analyze project plans and specifications: Conduct a thorough review of project plans, specifications, and other bid documents to ensure a complete understanding of scope and requirements.
  • Prepare detailed and accurate estimates: Develop comprehensive estimates that consider all project costs, including materials, labor, equipment, subcontractors, and project contingencies.
  • Identify and manage project risks: Proactively identify and assess potential project risks, developing strategies to mitigate their impact on cost and schedule.
  • Maintain and manage historical cost data: Oversee the curation of a comprehensive historical cost database, leveraging it to inform future estimates and improve cost forecasting accuracy.
  • Master a variety of estimating software: Utilize advanced estimating software to perform quantity takeoffs, generate cost breakdowns, and create professional bid packages.
  • Collaborate with internal teams: Work closely with project managers, architects, engineers, and other internal stakeholders to ensure estimates reflect project requirements and align with overall project goals.
  • Maintain proficiency in industry trends and best practices: Stay current on industry trends, construction methods, and cost estimating best practices, continuously improving the efficiency and accuracy of the estimating process.
  • Prepare and present estimates to clients: Articulate complex estimates to clients in a clear, concise, and professional manner, fostering trust and confidence during the bid proposal process.
  • Contribute to continuous improvement: Continuously analyze performance and identify opportunities to enhance estimating practices, promoting innovation and cost-effectiveness.

A strong candidate has the following skills and qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management, Civil Engineering, or a related field (preferred).
  • Minimum of 10+ years of experience in construction estimating, with a proven track record of success in leading estimating teams and delivering accurate estimates for complex projects.
  • Demonstrated expertise in both Bid-Build and Conceptual Design Development project delivery methods.
  • In-depth knowledge of construction costs, materials, labor rates, and industry standards.
  • Proficiency in advanced construction estimating software (e.g., OnCenter, D4, Site Development and Utility Software Tools, Proprietary Software Solutions, MS Suite).
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with the ability to identify and resolve cost estimating discrepancies.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, with the ability to effectively communicate complex technical information to diverse audiences.
  • Proven leadership qualities, with the ability to motivate, coach, and mentor a team.
  • Exceptional organizational skills, with the ability to prioritize tasks, manage deadlines, and maintain a high level of accuracy.
  • Strong work ethic, self-motivated, and a team player.

Embraces Smoot Construction’s core values of Character, Humility, Integrity, Pride, and Performance



Smoot Construction Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and as such does not discriminate in any way related to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran, or other characteristics protected by applicable law. 

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